Walk 18 – Hill Track to Doonfoot – 3.7 miles

A beautiful walk along a hill track to Doonfoot, with stunning views over to Greenan Castle and Isle of Arran on a clear day!

buggy friendly image  Buggy friendly walk

parking available icon  Parking available on the left just off A719 Dunure Road after passing the Co-op (sometimes there is a handwritten ‘Private No Parking Sign’ here, however I often see cars parked there)

viewranger image  Click HERE to view or follow a map of the route

Route: From the parking area cross Dunure Road to where there is a route marker standing tall indicating Ayr being 2 miles to the right. After a short distance turn left onto a long straight tree-lined country road. At the top of the road there is a little house and the track continues round to the right. From here you will be rewarded with your first views across to Isle of Arran and Greenan Castle: spectacular on a clear day! The track eventually leads downhill to Doonfoot and the sea front. Walk along a little and cross over into Greenan Road car park (well signposted). The path leads you to a modern bridge across the River Doon (more stunning views!). Rather than crossing the bridge, turn left to follow the river into the housing estate. Turn right onto Abbots Way and right again just past Doonfoot Primary School. This brings you back onto Greenan Road and re-trace your steps from here back to the car along the hill path. 

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7th March 2016

It is Monday afternoon, the sun is splitting the skies, and I am excited to see what lies beyond this path I have driven past so many times on the way to and from Dunure!! I was not disappointed: a beautiful walk along a hill track to Doonfoot, with some of the most stunning views over to Arran I have ever seen! I will most definitely be back to do this walk again and again!

I have stood on the bridge between Ayr and Doonfoot a few times and have always been puzzled by the padlocks secured along it every so often (featured image). During a future walk here with my ever-knowledgeable mother I learned that they are attached by people to mark a special occasion like a wedding anniversary. Sure enough if you have a look at the larger ones you will find names and love hearts scribed onto them – how lovely!

I must return to Greenan Road car park one day and take a walk along the shore to the castle! Thomas asked me countless times today to take him but there was no access from the path and I didn’t fancy pushing the buggy along the sand. Actually for all I know it might be rocks and not sand, I have never been before! Soon to be corrected 🙂

 

 

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